President Anastasiades calls on Turkey to be ready for action and not just words

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades called on Turkey on Friday to be ready for action and not just words at the forthcoming Conference on Cyprus that will take place in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, later in June.

Speaking during the inauguration of a biological Wastewater Treatment Plant in Athienou, President Anastasiades expressed the hope that during the talks in Switzerland, we will be in a position to talk about a united country that has overcome the problems of occupation and that Cyprus becomes a place for all its inhabitants who will be able to create freely and hope for a better future.

Referring to the Cyprus problem, he said that the problems that are being faced are well known. What I am hoping for is that Turkey will appear, at last, ready, not with words but with deeds, for everything that it has to contribute to, to achieve a solution that will allow the people of this country, who lived for generations in peace, to be able to see the future together with prospect.

Noting his determination to work for a solution, he said that no one can rest assured while Cyprus is not free and rid of the Turkish troops.

At the same time, President Anastasiades said he knows very well up to which point he can exhaust all limits for a solution that will be acceptable by both sides.

The Conference on Cyprus will reconvene on June 28 at the political level, under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. The Conference will take place with the participation of Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, as well as Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom as guarantor powers, and in the presence of the European Union as an observer.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Anastasiades and Akinci have been engaged in UN-led talks since May 2015 with a view to reunify the island under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency